Another piece of American history has made its way to Newport News. The Virginia War Museum received an artifact from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center complex on September 11, 2001. The mangled piece of metal, which is believed to be a portion of a vehicle bumper, will be on display in the museum’s foyer until Sunday, September 18th. It will later be incorporated into the museum’s new Global War on Terror exhibit which features uniforms and equipment used by U.S. service members who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as uniforms and equipment of Iraqi insurgents and Taliban fighters.
The piece the museum received is one of the last artifacts to be distributed by a program administered by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the World Trade Center complex. Before the program ended in July, it had disseminated more than 2,600 artifacts to museums and other organizations across the country in a variety of countries such as Brazil, China, and Germany over a period six years.
The Virginia War Museum
, located at 9285 Warwick Boulevard in Huntington Park, is open 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 5 PM on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors & active duty military, and $6 for children ages 7 - 18. Children under 7 and Virginia War Museum Foundations are free.